Presidents vs Ryder

Since its inception in 1927, 35 venues in total have hosted the Ryder Cup. Whistling Straits will be the most recent addition to the list. Among the 35 golf courses, four of them hosted the tournaments at least twice, while The Belfry hosted four times alone. What are the other 3 courses?

Let’s get to know them all.

Which Golf Venue Has Hosted the Most Ryder Cups?

1. The Brabazon Course at The Belfry (4 Times)

The Belfry Brabazon Course
The par 4, 18th hole on The Brabazon Course at The Belfry on May 25, 2009 in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, England. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The Belfry Brabazon Course at The Belfry, UK has hosted the most Ryder Cups It hosted four times in total in 1985, 89, 93 and 2002. The Belfry is located in Wishaw, Warwickshire, which is around 8 miles away from Birmingham.

Among the four tournaments, Europe won the Ryder Cup three times, while the USA won only once in 1993. 

Nevertheless, it was ranked 15th on ‘World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2018’ by the Golf Digest. Carefully designed by Dave Thomas, Peter Alliss, the Brabazon Course has risky bunkers, numerous tight fairways, undulating greens, lakes and more. All these features make the course challenging.

The Belfry has 54 holes in total, but the Brabazon has 72 Par and 7,253 yards in length.

2. Royal Birkdale Golf Club (2 Times)

Golf, 1969 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale, A photograph of the crowds around the green (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

The Royal Birkdale Golf Club hosted the Ryder Cup two times in 1965 and 1969. However, the USA won the tournament both times. Located in North West England, Royal Birkdale is famously known for the 1969 Ryder Cup, in which the tournament was tied.

It is a private golf club with 18 holes, 70 par and 7,156 yards in length. It was founded in 1889 and received the “Royal” status in 1951.

Frederick G. Hawtree and champion golfer J.H. Taylor designed the course in a way that gives an excellent condition for the spectators to watch any major golf events.

3. Royal Lytham & St. Annes (2 Times)

A delay in the start of play due to a rain soaked Royal Lytham Golf Course on the final day of the Senior Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club hosted the Ryder Cup two times in 1961 and 1977. However, the club was founded in 1986 and is considered one of the premier link courses in the universe. 

Royal Lytham & St. Annes is famously known for its 167 bunkers surrounded by greens and peppering fairways. These features make the course very challenging to make a good score. Therefore, careful, accurate shots are needed on this ground.

George Lowe originally designed the course, and later Harry Colt redesigned it in 1919. It is 7,118 yards in length, 70 par and has 18 holes. 

4. Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club (2 Times)

WALTER HAGEN IN ACTION DURING THE RYDER CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT AT SOUTHPORT. AMONGST THE CROWD WATCHING HIM IS THE PRINCE OF WALES. Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club hosted the Ryder Cup in 1933 and 1937. It is an 18-hole golf course located in North West England and north of Liverpool.

Although it was built in 1906, S&A doesn’t have the traditional out and back layout structure. It is sort of old fashioned and also has some obscured approach shots with some blind drives.

S&A contains a total of 18 holes, while the layout is measured at 6,800 yards with a par at 72. However, the length was reduced to 6,396 from the yellow trees and the par reduced to 71.

Between the two Ryder Cup events, Great Britain won the tournament in 1933, and the USA won in 1937. Apart from the Ryder Cup, it also hosts many notable golf events. 

Finishing Line

Other than these four courses, the tournament search for a new venue every year. Hence, the four courses mentioned above might not get a chance to host the event again in the near future.

Nevertheless, these golf courses will stay forever in Ryder Cup history due to their difficulty level, structure and historical value.

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